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Snapshot 10.22.14

22 Oct

–In My Life Is A Series of Illnesses news, I am sick. I’m not exactly sure if it’s just Crohn’s stuff or if it’s Crohn’s+ but here we are and I’m a few minutes away from having to peel myself off the floor to go pick up Isobel. During my pregnancy my health went downhill rapidly but it was easy to blame the adorable parasitic growth for most of it. After Elias arrived things never recovered but we were hit with a tsunami of events: Anthony getting a job, Anthony getting a cold, Anthony getting seven colds, Isobel and Elias getting seven colds, my magical journey with severe hives, Isobel starting school, my getting bronchitis. It’s been busy but when it comes down to it I’ve been neglecting myself in favor of putting out the fires around me. While there’s some merit to that argument, it boils down to this: when the plane is going down, get your own oxygen mask on first. You can’t help others if you are deprived. And I have been deprived.The only time in the last year I’ve felt well was when I was shot full of steroids to treat my own personal hivegate. (Steroids, which reduce the inflammation of an allergic attack, also work to alleviate Crohn’s related inflammation and suffering.) Due to unemployment life upheaval and insurance denials I haven’t been to a GI specialist in… too long. My disease and my body need some looking after because in between all the seasonal and school-related illnesses I’ve suffered I’m just not doing well. I’ve been in denial about it for awhile but this is the grim reality. I’m not well. I have no energy for anything. I feel like a balloon in which almost all of the helium has escaped. Depleted.

— Anthony is consumed with worth projects all this week and into the next, and so we won’t be seeing him. That feral noise you hear is me looking after the cats and the children by my lonesome and hopefully not sustaining casualties along the way.

— Today is my bestie Stefanie’s birthday! She is amazing and strong and made of approximately 80% chocolate by volume.

–Thank you for the birthday well-wishes sent on twitter and facebook. You are nice internet people.

Follow Friday: Greetings, Fellow Youths. My love letter to the internet.

Scrapbook: Birthday, Seven Years Ago. I have a few birthdays under my belt.

Snapshot 10.15.14. Good news, everyone! I’m not tubercular.

Recipe: Zephyr Squash Bake. A delicious & easy way to use up any kind of summer squash.

Thrifty Giving: Black & White. A high-contrast study in thrifted gifting.

Little Big Collection: Vintage Trivets. My sexy trivet collection is on point.

Follow Friday: Most Awesome Halloween Party. My love letter to the internet.

I can watch Cat Vs Beanbag all day.

16 Greatest Battles Fought By The Most Courageous Cats of Our Time. A natural extension of bean bag cat.

Scientists create super strong, biodegradable plastic from discarded shrimp shells.

Slam dunk. Thank you, @thebookpolice!

Bad Album Covers was a twitter account that was made for me. It’s like thrift store gore that only focuses on the terrible and weird album covers. Check out Team Cat, I’d Wish We’d All Been Ready, The Miracle at My House, and Ken, By Request Only.

Yip-yip-yip-yip-yip.

Newport Aquarium needs to fire their advertising team.

Police Pleasantly Surprised to Learn Suspect They Shot Was Armed.

Hagrid Hagrid Potter. Pretty funny.

The Internet: A Glossary. Essential Reading.

New desktop background.

Lego Hogwarts. Holy crap, I could get lost in this. Via @theblackstar

Mr. One-derful.

Ruth Bader Ginsberg outfits her friends in Notorious RBG merch. I luff her.

Some fear Ebola could make nation turn to science. “If you put them under enough stress, perfectly rational people will panic and start believing in science.”

No, the Rise of Cosplay is not a bad sign for the US economy.

Star charts astronauts used to land the Apollo 11 lunar module.

I am off to write the great American listicle.

Tombstone Goofs. I’m going to be burned, so please make sure to share only flattering photos.

“I bet I could fly a boat.”

Mopping is no longer a chore with a penguin gliding across your floor. Via Angela

Snapshot 10.06.11. Included is a home video of Isobel and I practicing our best Baby Jaguar impression.

Scrapbook: Tea Time. Tea in the Jellyfish Tent!

Thrift Store Score: The Thrifted Toy Kitchen. Best way to play.

Scrapbook: Isobel’s Perfect Heart.  It really is.

Snapshot 10.31.12. Doesn’t everyone get their family Christmas card photos from a booth at the mall?

Recipe: Autumn Pomegranate Salad. Pomes are the bombs.

Scrapbook: Home Life. Ten photos of home.

Follow Friday: Backyard Play. Very Important Tweets.

Snapshot 10.15.14

15 Oct

— Good news, everyone! I officially do not have tuberculosis, so I’m greatly looking forward to my turn to help out in Isobel’s classroom.

— I am still desperate for sleep. Our deprivation woes have been worsening and this past week was one of our worst yet. I can’t pinpoint the cause for sure, and it could always be a combination, but I think Elias is probably teething, hitting a new milestone, and recovering from his vaccinations all at once. It’s my own personal nightmare. I worried my baby would be a horrible sleeper constantly while I was pregnant. I don’t function well on little sleep, and it’s awful but I’m surviving. I’m a total bitch but I’m doing it. It helps that we spend the weekends taking turns napping.

–Though! Elias has started waving. Waving! Mr Wonderful just gets better and better. (Except for the no sleeping part. That’s balls.)

— Isobel still can’t make up her mind when it comes to Halloween costumes, and two or three new suggestions pop up each time we ask her. Last week she spent a day claiming she would be a squirrel scientist, but we couldn’t figure out if that meant she wanted to be a scientist who studied squirrels or a squirrel who happened to also be a scientist. Then she put on my socks and cardigan and said she was going to be me for Halloween, which is pretty fantastic, though part of me wonders if it’s just because she wants to go through and wear as much of my vintage jewelry as possible. Then she spent the weekend with Grandma and Grandpa, who gave her a blond wig in hopes of tipping the scale toward Tinkerbell.

— My birthday is tomorrow. Isobel has been singing “Happy Birthday” to me all week. Best part, easy.

— Isobel’s school photos haven’t arrived yet but she did receive her school ID card, which kills me a little more every time I see it. I texted a photo of it to my friend Jenn who could not believe they gave ID cards to kids in elementary school these days. “Face it, Jenn, ” I said. “We’re old.” Some of Isobel’s classmates already have their own cell phones.

–I haven’t been able to walk Isobel to school since I got really sick. I feel badly about it, but the whole concept may have been a pipe dream anyway. I was still riding high off steroids and my crohn’s was really kept at bay. Now, though, I’m just not sure I’m up to even the short walk to school on any sort of regular basis.

— My birthday is coming up, and I’m not sure that I’m going to be crossing any large item off my life list in a grand gesture. But I did decide I would spent every gift card I have in my honor. I’m very weird about gift cards. I compulsively hoard them under the twisted logic of knowing that if I spent them I won’t have them any more, and dammit, I might need them when the End Times finally come. I don’t think I’ll ever feel justified spending them until I see the four horsemen of the apocalypse galloping out of the sky. Then, finally, I can redeem that ten dollar iTunes gift card so Death and I will have something to get down to.

— My birthday happens to coincide with Isobel’s first dress up day at school — Nerd Day. I present this without further comment.

— I lied! I’m totally commenting. They are honoring me in the best way possible by embracing and celebrating nerds everywhere. Love you, nerds. I mean, me. I mean, us.

— I’m going to send this to Anthony whenever I think he should come home from D&D.

Follow Friday: Most Awesome Halloween Party. Read some hilarious tweets and see photos of me dressed as Troi impregnated with a hobbit while funky Jesus does this thing. Wreck it Ralph and Red look on.

Snapshot 10.08.14. Will an infant’s pacifier work for my kitten? And other questions that lead people here.

Holiday Special: DIY Glowstick Wreath. Cheap, easy, fun. Looks great glowing or not!

Scrapbook: Witch’s Brew. Is Squirrelly casting the spell, or is she the spell? Pardon our dust.

Little Big Links for Fall 2014. Autumnal recipes, DIY costumes and Halloween decor, activities and more.

Little Big Collection: Vintage Purses. I want all of these.

Follow Friday: Pumpkin Time. Blending into the pumpkin patch with my round belly.

 Sims Family Values. (And some more.) I die on a regular basis due to SimsLogic. Also, Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy have a great bromance.

In Focus: Supreme Court On Gay Marriage: ‘Sure, Who Cares’. “Should gay marriage be legal?” Ginsburg continued. “Yes. Done. Case closed. Goodbye. Christ, were we seriously scheduled to spend the next few months debating this?” / “Get married, don’t get married, do whatever you want,” Roberts said. “It’s the opinion of this court that we don’t give two shits what you do.”

Pumpkin carving master.

How to help a friend or loved one with Dysautonomia. This article is fantastic, not just for friends and family of those with Dysautonomia, but for anyone whose friend has a chronic illness.  The principals are the same. Thanks for this, Stef.

How I’m raising my son to be a feminist. I love this article all the more because I call the person who wrote it a friend.

Jesus has arrived. Hitting up twitter first, apparently.

Nobody knows what the hell they are doing. A very empowering read.

Japan’s amazing Mario Kart commercials. Via @oodja Right after watching this I had a conversation on twitter with accidental science mom and all around righteous babe . She had recently watched Pom Poko, an anime I know as Tanuki Wars about Japan’s Racoon dogs and their magical transforming nutsacks. Then she sent me this link to 10 funny Japanese commercials. God damn I love the internet.

Spent all my afternoon doing this. Sabrina‘s Halloween decorations are the stuff of legend. Amazing.

Current state of political philosophy in the country. Can you love much about a country while being repulsed and embarrassed by other parts of it?

10 Favorite Kitchen Hacks. Via @edibleASH

Every type of Earth satellite data, seen at the same time. Our planet is so beautiful.

Nobody lives here. Fascinating. Via @eshep

Best selfie. Via @CuteEmergency

That escalated quickly. I have watched his approximately 87 times.

Adam Savage as No Face. What a costume! This is awesome! Again, fuck you, Netflix, for removing Mythbusters.

Photoshopping celebrities into your holiday party. Fantastic.

Lego Minecraft images leaked.

The timeless children’s holiday classic, Gingerbread Man Vs. Evil Bong. What the hell is going on here?

Is it wrong to eat a muffin that looks just like your dog? Via @joolsd

Thirfty Holidays: DIY Kiki’s Delivery Service Costume. These photos make me all teary!

Follow Friday: Fall-Like. My love letter to the internet.

Scrapbook: Under My Umbrella. A girl and her umbrella.

Thrift Store Score: A Rainbow of Napkins.Thrifted napkins are the best.

Edit the Sad Parts. I went crazy.

Life List: Whale Watching. Anthony and I also saw a sunfish and it was weird.

Follow Friday: Snuggle Time. VIT – Very Important Tweets.

Thrifty Holidays: Thrifty Tips for Decorating on a Budget. I use these every year.

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